India is set to move forward on a $ 3.1 billion agreement with the US to acquire seaplane for the Navy, which will enhance its surveillance capabilities in the Indian Ocean region. The purchase of 10 Boeing P8I maritime patrol aircraft will be approved at an important acquisition meeting next week, with the contract under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) route.
The deal, which will include a mandatory clause for domestic companies to offset at least 30%, will add 12 P8I aircraft that have already been ordered by India and will help maintain strong oversight over an area that China has The Navy has seen increasing deployment by the Navy.
Marine patrol aircraft, which specializes in tracking and hunting enemy submarines with light torpedoes and depth charges, is also operated by the US and Australian navies, which coordinate with India to monitor the ship’s movements. Work.
Sources said the Navy is keen to build a fleet of 22 of these aircraft at the earliest and the contract will ensure continued supply over the next four years as the old marine reconnaissance assets (Russian origin) will be retired. The first batch of eight aircraft was ordered under a $ 2.1 billion deal in 2009 and orders for four were followed in 2016.
The P8I aircraft have been a pride of place for the Indian Navy which relies on the fleet for a wide range of operations – from submarine tracking to search and rescue and even reconnaissance on land.